Combining Vocal Exploration with Story Telling and Composition

I’m collaborating with my music teacher blog friends at MusicEd Blogs on Facebook to discuss all the different ways we teach melody! Today I wanted to share an easy idea that combines melody composition with story-telling. Many of you are probably familiar with vocal explorations. I love the idea of vocal explorations and how simple yet effective they are. If you aren’t familiar with vocal explorations, here is an example of one you might see… Vocal explorations are typically used for vocal warmups. Students follow a lined path singing different pitches. The visual representation of those pitches is what inspired me […]

A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book

Elizabeth Gutierrez from Piano Teacher Academy has launched a new course, A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book.  If you enrolled in the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers online course bundle from last summer you already have this course, so no need to enroll. If you didn’t, it is now available as a stand-alone course! COURSE DESCRIPTION: Why wait until students can read a scale book and understand key signatures before starting scales? You can start students easily with scales once they know steps and skips at the keyboard. Elizabeth shares a tried-and-true method […]

TpT Sale PLUS Win a TpT Gift Card!

Today kicks off the TpT site-wide sale! My store is 25% off when you use the code: XOXO. This is a great time to start your wish list and save big!   The Music Crew, of which I am a part of collaborated so we can do a HUGE TeachersPayTeachers gift card giveaway. It is happening now and ends midnight tomorrow, Feb. 14th. Good luck! Curious what some of the most popular wish-listed resources in my store are? I added links to them below if you are interested in checking them out too!   Be sure to like Music Educator […]

Let the Savings Begin!

This week the world will have their eyes focused on elite athletes receiving their medals, but why let them have all the fun? The Music Crew is excited to offer a Music Medals event – saving you money on great lesson ideas so you can spend your time watching your favorite events on TV! Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 you will find a huge selection of savings from members of The Music Crew! Search #2018MusicGold on TpT to find items marked down 50%, #2018MusicSilver to find items marked down 30%, and #2018MusicBronze to find items marked down 20%. […]

The Beauty of Stretching Moments

I am an introvert by nature. And because of that, I have had many of what I like to call, “stretching moments” in my life. I remember one of those stretching moments very clearly when I was growing up. When I was a teenager my Mom was the choir director at church. She decided to give me the job to call all the choir members to remind them about choir practice each week. I couldn’t tell you how awful that was for me at the time. I literally thought I would die making these phone calls. To help me get […]

Review: Practice Habits

I am a huge fan of giving students a variety of music and lots of it! I believe it helps with their sight-reading and reading skills as well as their motivation. Because of this, I like to subscribe to different digital sheet music subscription services. This last summer, I joined the Practice Habits community. Chris Owenby is the composer/arranger of all the music you can find inside Practice Habits. You can read more about him here. What makes Practice Habits a little different from some of the other music subscriptions is that Chris includes more than sheet music. Of course, it […]

12 DAYS OF INSPIRATION DAY 3: Three Simple Ways to Reduce Stress this Year

I am collaborating with some other piano ed bloggers for a 12-day inspiration blogging journey. Today is Day 3! (Scroll to the end of the post to see the others you may have missed) One thing that I have noticed more and more among teachers regardless of what they teach is how burned out everyone is. And really it’s not just teachers, it’s my friends, family, neighbors, everyone is just plain ol’ burned out. Burnout is real. One big culprit of burnout is stress. So I wanted to share today 3 ways to reduce stress this year. These simple things […]